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Alan W. Mills

Director of Bands

Alan W. Mills
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Dr. Alan W. Mills is Director of Bands and Associate Professor of Music at Colorado State University-Pueblo. His duties include conducting the Wind Ensemble and University Band, directing the ThunderWolves Marching Band, overseeing the development of the concert band and athletic band programs, supervising student teachers, and teaching music education courses. Prior to joining the CSU-Pueblo faculty, he served as the Associate Director of Bands at Texas A&M University-Commerce, where his responsibilities included conducting the Symphonic Band, serving as director of the Pride Marching Band, and teaching courses in conducting, music education, music technology, and jazz history.

Originally from Minnetonka, Minnesota, Mills previously taught middle school and high school band in the public schools of Colorado and Wyoming. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Morris in instrumental music education with performance majors in applied piano and applied trumpet, the Master of Music Education degree from The University of Colorado, the Master of Music degree in wind conducting from the University of Arizona, and the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with an emphasis in wind conducting from The Florida State University. His conducting teachers include Richard Clary, André J. Thomas, Alexander Jiménez, Gregg Hanson, James Carlson, and Ken Hodgson. His music education mentors include Clifford Madsen, Patrick Dunnigan, John Geringer, and Vicki Lind.

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In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mills’ scholarly writing has focused on the life and career of James E. Croft, Director of Bands, Emeritus at The Florida State University. He has presented research lectures at state music education association conferences in Colorado and Wyoming, and additional scholarly writings can be found in the Journal of Band Research and in the popular text book series Teaching Music Through Performance In Band. Mills has served as a clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout Colorado and several other states. He is also in demand internationally and makes regular trips to Asia where he serves as a clinician, guest conductor, adjudicator, and recording artistic director.  He has guest conducted the Beijing Wind Orchestra and has conducted concerts at the Forbidden City Concert Hall. His past residencies in China include Ningxia University in Yinchuan and Sichuan College Conservatory of Music in Chengdu. During the summer of 2011, he served a residency at the International Music Camp located in the International Peace Gardens in North Dakota. In 2013, he presented his dissertation at the College Band Directors National Association National Convention at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. In December 2015, he will return to Singapore and Malaysia for a month-long residency where he will serve as an adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor, followed by a residency at the Art Center of The University of Electronic Science and Technology of China located in Chengdu.

Dr. Mills is a member of the College Band Directors National Association, the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles, the National Association for Music Education, the Colorado Music Educators Association, and is currently serving as the 1st Vice President to the Colorado Bandmasters Association.  He is also an elected member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi, and has been granted honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi & Tau Beta Sigma.  Mills is active as a clinician throughout the year and makes a concerted effort to honor invitations to visit music classrooms regularly.

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